The creative and spiritual journey of a (textile) recycler. . .

I have thought about starting a blog for a long time now. I just couldn’t seem to get started. I thought. . what would I say, what would I do and really . . . . . who would care.

Last year I had the great fortune to witness a ‘happening’. As a spouse at a reunion (I know, groan) I was both an observer and participant. This reunion was attended by some of the most creative and talented people on the face of the planet. Really, no exaggeration! But many were holding onto life long insecurities. They didn’t think they were talented enough and embarrassed to perform in front of each other for fear of . . who knows . . . finger pointing, whispers, laughter, ridicule of some sort for sure. Once it was revealed that many shared the same feelings, the healing began. And I was the lucky one. I got to witness it all and benefit as well.

So, the message is that we all think we are not good enough compared to someone else, but we are. Don’t let your fears and insecurities stop you. We can’t measure our own success by someone else’s talents.

This revelation and the kindness / support of strangers has propelled my creative journey to a place I had given up ever getting to. Tho I thought my creative juices were dried up forever, they have merely been reawakened. Many thanks to all involved in my process, including in-part . . Victoria B, Mrs. W., Charles Mc., Claudia H, Mary B, Cindy G, Sandy B, Traci B., Kat C, and my IAA family. So, thank you. I dedicate this blog to all of you!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Creative Organization

One thing that recyclers have in common is thinking outside of the box and always seeking new ways to keep our treasures organized . . . of course with other recycled items! After all, it's important to be able to find the bits of 'whatever' easily for quick and easy access. Recyclers have the ability to see usefulness in objects that others think are . . . . well let's be honest . . . . . trash. Sometimes our treasures come straight out of the garbage, rummage sales, and other times we are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. 

Well, I was gifted with a big shoe cubbie. I thought it would be perfect to use to organize my 'in progress' projects, stack up folded fabric . . . or whatever better idea came along first. So, it's been sitting in the basement, just waiting.

I've been at this a long time. Even as a kid I was aware that I never used anything for its intended purpose. When making clothing, I just dove in and started cutting, never following the directions, when baking I added the ingredients in the order of my choice - not the recipe. And, to my husbands' dismay, when I get a new electronic device, I just dive in and start playing with it. .  never ever reading the directions. So its no shock that this shoe cubbie will never see a shoe.

Today I got it, the stroke of brilliance I had been waiting for. While rearranging the basement to better organize my collected treasures, I realized that this shoe cubbie would be a perfect way to organize my rolls of lace and trims. So I began to experiment. Hmmmm. Happily, I love it!

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